My P woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. He is normally so sweet and easy, but today he just couldn't find his groove. After listening to too much whining and fit throwing this morning I finally said, "Buddy, this has got to stop. Do you think we should pray God will help you with self control and kindness?"
(This self control approach is from a great article someone gave me yesterday at the pool from Proverbs 31 Ministry's magazine, by the way. I loved the idea of making it about self control rather than about the whining itself. This also keeps Mommies accountable for using self control when handling such an annoying problem!)
P agreed and started praying aloud, "De-ya God. Pweese give me self contwol and kindness to my family. In Jesus Name we pway, A-men."
I was feeling a little moment of Mommy glory until he started the same emotional behavior again. "P, didn't we just pray about this?"
"Yeah, but it didn't WORK, Mommy!" he cried.
Two hours later, after a big morning swimming with friends we had a little issue with parking lot safety. P & K were not listening to my commands to stick together and hold hands. After 2-3 attempts to get them to cooperate, I lost my cool.
"You two are going straight to Time Out when we get home. This is a busy parking lot. You are not being safe and you are not listening to Mommy!" I lectured.
P looked right up at me and said, "I think we all need to pway for self contwol again."